The Executive Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has described the ongoing protest by Ohaji/Egbema youth over the establishment of the University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the main campus of Imo state polytechnic Umuagwo as mischievous.
Okorocha said the protest was being sponsored by some unpatriotic leaders in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area and some hostel owners in the area.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, in owerri, Gov. Okorocha warned those behind the protest to desist from it and allow lofty projects of the government to thrive.
“The attention of my government has been drawn to the misleading and inciting protest by some youths of Ohaji/Egbema LGA over the relocation of the state polytechnic. It is very unfortunate that some people have decided to play politics with everything in Imo, including developmental projects in the state.
“It is very bad that the youths have allowed themselves to be used for protest against the development of the state, otherwise why will any sensible youth, protest against sitting of a university in their area,” the Governor stated.
Recalled that the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), revealed that the governor had announced the establishment of University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences which he named Aboh/Ngor Umuagwo University.
He announced that the structure of Imo Polytechnic would accommodate the new university, while the polytechnic would be moved to Ehime/Mbano LGA.
The decision, however, led to a serious protest by leaders and youths of Ohaji/Egbama, the host community of Imo state polytechnic.